This small cozy place tucked away in Bordi, a corner of coastal North Maharashtra towards Gujarat, has a different charm. Drive from Mumbai is a comfortable 3 hours max. Turn left after about 2 kms from Charoti toll-naka towards Dahanu. After Dahanu, continue on the road parallel to the seashore and you’ll be here after another 16 kms of pleasant drive.
This place is small (has only 7 fibre glass tents, all air-conditioned) yet full with the warmth of the staff who stay within the complex and manage the entire show efficiently. Kudos to Shri Rajendraji, the MTDC Manager who was very helpful, pro-active, cooperative and always smiling.
This place is supposedly to undergo renovation and apart from the tents, post renovation there shall be rooms also. The current building which originally had guest rooms is in shambles hence only the tents are available for booking.
Booking is online (for this and for all other MTDC resorts) and the rates for MTDC are cheap. I must mention here that MTDC has the best locations.
This place in Bordi is bang on the beach and the sea is not even 25 metres away. However the beach is flat and during low tide the sea water levels recede to a good 1.5 kms beyond the shoreline. Advantage during high tide is that the sea is safe and waves are not wild though the water is not clear and the sand is blackish. Also for people from Mumbai, the big surprise is that there is no crowd and the serenity and calmness is welcome.
The rooms are neat, can accommodate 2 adults and 2 kids, have an attached bathroom and a split AC unit. All rooms face the beach and during high tide, one can hear the rolling of the waves even during the day.
The restaurant (veg. and non-veg.) is average and one shouldn’t expect anything available in a city restaurant. It has a limited menu though the stuff available has a home-made taste and appeal. Breakfast generally consists of upma, poha and sheera, apart from the usual toast butter and hot beverages. Lunch and dinner are as per order. There are Chinese items also though we didn’t try.
For the vegetarians, there are two options. There is Chikooland restaurant at Hotel Anandvan across the road, which has got a Gujarati thali option (pre-book to avoid disappointment) and also an ala-carte vegetarian eating joint (they serve Jain meals also). The other is Shiv Bhelpuri stall which serves good bhel-puri and other related snack items and standard vegetarian Chinese fare (Manchow soup, veg. fried rice, veg. noodles and Veg. Manchurian). On a cold winter night, the hot and spicy Chinese stuff tasted like bliss.
Sight seeing is limited. There’s the endless beach, a small dam (Asawali dam, about 8 kms drive), acres and acres of chikoo farms, a Jain temple and a Warli village (local tribal village where one can see their houses, understand more of their culture and ways of living). Some items of these tribal produce are also available for sale. One can also buy chikoos directly from the farms or Dahanu market at throwaway prices.
Overall, go to this place for a peacful and a quiet holiday where one can spend quality time with family, read a book or just laze around. Children can have a good time since the beachside is available without any crowds. They can run, build sand castles or even play in the sea water since its safe and the waves are mild